Takoradi is the third largest city in Ghana. It is home to many expatriates and has access to first-rate healthcare. All Takoradi placements live in a home-stay with a middle-class Ghanaian-Dutch family. The hostess, Mina Arthur, is a local Ghanaian who lives with her brother and son. The family is very warm and welcoming, and they frequently drive interns to and from work. Interns are provided with home-cooked breakfast and dinner. Currently there is one bedroom in the Takoradi home-stay for interns (although this is subject to change), which has shared bathroom facilities with the family. One to two interns may be assigned to the room.
Like the house in Cape Coast, the programme fees will cover utilities (water and electricity).
All interns placed in Cape Coast are housed in the ACIPP House, located in Kwaprow village on the University of Cape Coast campus. The house has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and a terrace. One to four interns are placed in a room with shared bathroom facilities. Although interns will be assigned to a room based on gender and room availability, it would be helpful if you could inform us of any special requirements. Electricity, and flush-style toilets are all available in the house. Running water is not available in the house, but daily water is brought into the house. Bathrooms include shower rooms for bathing.
Our House Manager Mavis will provide home-cooked breakfast and dinner for the interns. (Lunch is not included as most interns are away during the day). You will have the opportunity to sample traditional Ghanaian dishes, and Western-style food is also available. If you have any special dietary requirements (especially allergies), please let the Volunteer Coordinator know immediately.
There are two dogs on the property, Milo and Oscar. The Volunteer Coordinator and House Manager organise a monthly Sunday BBQ at the house, and there are ample opportunities for interns to travel. Often interns join a local football team; there is also a volleyball court and lacrosse field on campus. African drumming and dance lessons are available for an additional fee, as are lessons in the Twi and Fante languages. If you are interested, please let the Volunteer Coordinator know before your arrival in Ghana.
ACIPP employs a part-time security guard to watch over the house at night.
Languages: In Cape Coast, ACIPP offers interns the possibility to learn Fante with a local teacher, Emmanuel Nyarko Gyasi. Ask our volunteer coordinator to set up lessons for you! The cost of this is 15 GHS (Ghana Cedi) per lesson, or 130 GHS for 10 lessons, if they are purchased together. These prices stay the same no matter how many people participate in the lesson.
Fante teacher Emmanuel Nyarko Gyasi was born and raised in Cape Coast, and has been teaching Fante to volunteers from various organisations for the last year. He attended University of Cape Coast and received his Bachelor of Education in Social Science and Geography in 2009. At age 26, he is a teacher of grade level Primary 6, at a basic school in Cape Coast. In his free time he loves to dance and watch football, especially the Ghana Black Stars, and any international team with Ghanaian players!
Interns participating in the AwaaWaa2 programme or individualised placements in Accra will live in a homestay located in the University of Legon area of Accra, outside the general chaos of the city centre. Tina Johnson and her family provide breakfast and dinner daily, and interns may be placed two to a room. Tina is happy to teach interns local culinary dishes, and interns are invited and encouraged to join the family on outings. There are three dogs on the property.
Interns participating in the UHCC Youth Development or Agriculture and Livestock programmes will live at the UHCC volunteer house, which is shared with UHCC volunteers from other countries, as well as members of the UHCC staff. It is situated about a 20-minute walk from the UHCC, and a 10-minute walk to the town centre. The house has four bedrooms, a kitchen, communal living area, and shared bathroom and shower facilities. Rooms are assigned by gender, and interns may be placed up to four to a room. The house is equipped with electricity and a flushing-style toilet. There is no running water, but water is brought to the house daily from a local well, an activity interns are expected to assist with. Three meals are provided daily; please inform the Volunteer Coordinator of any dietary restrictions. There is one dog on the property, Efia.
The town of Bawjiase is located approximately equidistant between Accra and Cape Coast, about 45 minutes north of the main highway. It is a mid-size town, with an internet café, and numerous pharmacies, night spots, and food options. There are no supermarkets, but a twice weekly market provides access to fresh produce, as well as all necessary toiletries and living supplies. The closest ATM is located in Kasoa, a large town on the main highway that is easily accessible from Bawjiase.